UPLYME and Lyme Cricket Club has made an encouraging start to their delayed 2020 season.
Following the easing o coronavirus restrictions on recreational sport, Uplyme travelled to nearby Kilmington for their first match under strict ECB guides regarding social distancing and hygiene regulations.
Although Kilmington play in two divisions in the Devon Cricket League above Uplyme, they were by no means outclassed and gave a good account of themselves, which augers well for the rest of the season.
Kilmington batted first and were all out for 231 with Reed top scoring on 103 not out and useful contributions from Gooding and (47) and skipper Bret Garner (18).
Steve Batey topped the bowling averages with 3-43, followed by Tyler Wellman (3-53) and new signing Joe Elsworth, a former Kilmington player (2-35).
Uplyme replied with 181 all out with Tyler Wellman getting his season off to a good start with 50, closely followed by Elsworth (49). Other good scores came from Alfie Jacques (20), Steve Batey (20) and Tim Daniel (18).
Club chairman Steve Batey commented after the game: “It was a good outing for our first fixture of 2020. There were many positives to take from today’s match against a side two divisions higher than us.”
There was a more relaxed atmosphere at the King George V playing field yesterday (Sunday afternoon) when a number of familiar faces and supporters took advantage of the sunshine to watch Uplyme’s match against Devon Medics, followed by a barbecue.
They were able to welcome two more news signings – Nabi Timori, the first Afghan player ever to turn out for Uplyme, and Freddie Bennett who has moved to the area from Surrey, both aged 16. They each took wickets and Nabi pulled off a superb run-out with a direct hit.
Uplyme batted first for 203-6 off 35 overs with Harvey Brimicombe top scoring on 63 and Tyler Wellman chipping in with 20.
Devon Medics were bowled out for 88 with Simms leading the attack with figures of 4-11 followed by Freddie Bennett (3-38) and Nabi Timori (2- 27).
On Wednesday, Uplyme entertain Crewkerne in a T20 match at the King George V (start 6pm) and next Saturday (July 18th) they meet Seaton in what will be a sterner test (2pm start at KGV).